Revenge websites costly to victims

Revenge websites are popping up across the country.  A victim of one site says she will have to pay $500 to get her pictures off the site.  The Kentucky attorney general

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She doesn't want you to know who she is. Her trust level is low right now. "Months of arguing and screaming and harassing phone calls," she said. Phone calls from people she doesn't know. But they know parts of her, meant to be private. "You can't trust anybody," she said.

She's the victim of a revenge website. The particular site she was tagged in allows people to post nude photos of their ex-partners. "I wasn't thinking, you know, well this is going to wind up on the internet, you know I wasn't thinking that, I had no idea," she said.

To get the picture off the site, a person will have to pay $500. "I don't have that kind of money to have it removed from the website."

We brought the site to the attention of the Kentucky Attorney General's office. They say, so far, no complaints have been filed against the site.

"We all make stupid mistakes," the victim said. "They need to be shut down. Something needs to be done about it. You shouldn't be allowed to run websites like that."

Revenge sites are filled with blurry lines for investigators. According to the attorney general's office, there are questions without clear answers regarding ownership of digital pictures and the ability for a site to capitalize on the images. The AG's office says current laws are having trouble keeping up with current technology.

"It's very stressful, it's caused a lot of problems. I've had to deal with a lot of harassing phone calls and problems in my relationship," according to the victim.

She's planning to file a complaint with the attorney general's office against the site. She hopes to get her pictures removed to gain her privacy back.


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